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Allied Health - Medical Coding and Billing Certificate

Welcome to Medical Coding and Billing at MVCC!

Jobs in medical coding and billing are Photo of an MVCC Medical Coding and Billing student
forecasted to grow 20 percent this decade.  As the health care industry moves toward electronic health records, the sector needs tens of thousands of new coding and billing experts.  These valued employees compile patient data, track its quality and security, and connect physicians, insurers, and other health care professionals.  For most of these new jobs, special training and certification will be necessary, and you can get it all in MVCC’s Allied Health Care: Medical Coding and Billing certificate program!

MVCC's Allied Health Care Certificate program is designed to prepare students for positions as medical coders and billers in a variety of health care settings or in other environments (billing services, consulting companies, insurance companies, or in their own homes).  Many of the courses can be applied toward an MVCC associate degree.  The number of applicable credits will depend on the degree program in which students are interested.

Program Information

How to Apply to the Medical Coding and Billing Program

  • Click here for a course list.
  • Click here for an advisement form.
  • You can earn your certificate in as little as a year.  No direct patient contact is required, but you’ll get hands-on training in the technology and computer systems you’ll need to succeed.
  • Medical Coding and Billing students may repeat one allied health (AH) course only.  A second failure of an allied health course will result in dismissal from the Medical Coding and Billing program.
  • Medical Coding and Billing students enrolled in an AH course are permitted one withdrawal.  A second withdrawal from any AH course will result in dismissal from the program.
  • Students must provide their own transportation to and from the assigned health care agency for the professional practice experience.  Students may have to travel outside the Utica/Rome area to complete the professional practice experience.
  • All costs incurred while enrolled in this program are the student’s responsibility.
  • The Nursing and Allied Health Center’s Health/Physical Form must be completed and on file (in the Allied Health Coordinator’s Office) before the start of the professional practice experience.
  • Proof of current American Heart Association Healthcare Providers CPR certification must also be on file in the Allied Health Coordinator’s Office prior to beginning the professional practice experience.  This certification must be kept current throughout the professional practice experience.
  • Each professional practice experience site dictates the physical examination and/or immunization requirements for its site.
  • Upon graduation, students are eligible to take a national examination offered through the American Health Information Management Association. Upon passing, graduates become Certified Coding Associates (CCA).
  • Graduation from the Allied Health Care Certificate program does not guarantee success on national credentialing exams.
  • If a student has legal charges pending or has been convicted of a felony and/or misdemeanor, certification may be delayed or denied by the applicable national certification board.


  • High school biology or its equivalent and a high school mathematics course A or its equivalent are recommended.
  • All incoming students must meet with the program coordinator before entering the program.
  • Professional liability and accident insurance, available through the college, are required.

Transfer or returning students

Prior to beginning or resuming Medical Coding and Billing coursework, transfer and returning students (those who have been out of the Medical Coding and Billing course sequence for more than one semester) must:

  • Meet all prerequisites listed
  • Meet with an Allied Health advisor
  • Make an appointment by calling 315.792.5367